Fourth International Conference on
Multi Purpose High-Rise Towers for Tall Buildings (ICTB '99)

"Challenges & Solutions for the Coming Millenium"

October 20-22, 1999

Organised by PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, India
in collaboration with
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester MA

International Federation of High-Rise Structures
Council for Tall Buildings
Urban Habitat USA

PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, India in collaboration with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA, USA, the International Federation of High Rise Structures, Council for Tall Building and Urban. Habitat, USA with the support of several academic institutions, Government Organisations and Professional Societies announces the staging of Fourth International Conference on "Multi Purpose High-Rise Towers for Tall Buildings" (ICTB 99) during October 20-22, 1999.

Conference Theme
The conference will be the fourth in a series initiated by the International Federation of High-rise Structures (IFHS).

The field of applicability is towers and tall buildings generally in the height range 75m to 500m. However, relevant experience gained from structures of lower height, the challenges and opportunities for towers and tall buildings beyond the 500m threshold will be included.

The conference will examine the engineering challenges of this exciting area of construction, the theme being reflected in the title "Challenges and Solutions for the Coming Millenium".

World-Wide Opportunity
Department of Civil Engineering, PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, as organisers of the conference will make the Proceedings available to all experts in the field through its world-wide network.

Structural Concrete and Structural Steel
The Scientific Committee and the Organisers will welcome papers on structural steel as well as structural concrete. It is widely recognised that these apparently competing materials have unique attributes which can be combined with great success in high-rise structures. Recent developments of composite materials offer exciting prospects for the coming millennium and will attract special interest.

Official Language
The conference will be conducted in English and all published material associated with Conference will be in English.

Conference Venue
The city of Coimbatore is located at 11°N and 77°E in South India. The city of Coimbatore is well connected by rail/road/air with Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore, Cochin, Mangalore, Madurai and Thiruvananthapuram. Bordered by the Western Ghats, Coimbatore, the Manchester of South India, has more than one hundred Textiles Mills and more than 25,000 small, medium and large scale industries engaged in the manufacture of textile machines, accessories, industrial and agro based engineering products, automobile spares, cements, viscose etc. A few ancient temples in and around Coimbatore provide a rich fete of ancient Dravidian architecture and sculpture. Maruthamalai Temple, Perur Temple, Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Thirumoorthy Hills, Top Slip, Siruvani Waterfalls are some of the places of tourist interest. There are very good five star type hotels for the delegates to stay.

In October the weather is expected to be moderate with maximum temperature around 33 degree Celsius.

About the Host Institution
PSG College of Technology founded in 1951 by PSG and Sons Charities,is recognised to be among the choicest technological institutions in India. It has been dedicated to pursuing academic excellence since its inception. It has currently a student enrollment of 2,800 and has active graduate, post-graduate and doctoral programmes in all the major scientific and technological disciplines. The college is autonomous and is affiliated to Bharathiar University, besides being very well equipped with several advanced centres of study for CAD/CAM, AI and CIM, Laser Technology etc., funded by the Ministry of Human Resource Development. The College is located in the same campus as the PSG Industrial Institute which is a sizeable manufacturing unit. The college maintains active liaison with industry as well as R & D Institutions in India and abroad. About 80% of the senior students of the College receive offers of employment before they complete their programme.

Notable Millennium High-rise Structures
Chicago Miglin-Beitler tower (1998) 610m
Melbourns Grollo Tower (1998) 500m
Shanghai-Jin Mao Building (1998) 421m
Tokyo Millenium Tower (21st Century) 840m
London Millenium Tower (21st Century) 376m
Bangalore Multi-purpose Concrete Tower (21st Century) 560m
Bombay Multi-purpose Steel Tower (21st Century) 340m
Shanghai World Financial Centre (21st Century) 460m
Jakarta Tower (21st Century) 558m
Ohbayashi Guimi Japan's Solar Tower (21st Century) 1000m
Tokyo Dream Tower (21st Century) 2001m
New York Stock Exchange Tower (21st Century) 546m

These are only a few of the many high-rise structures that are believed to be in the planning stage in time for the 21st Century.

Call for Papers
The conference is intended for owners, clients, architects, engineers (structural, mechanical and electrical), contractors and researchers. It is expected to offer special opportunities for participation to the wide-ranging teams of specialists and suppliers who provide expert advice, materials and systems as well as associated technology in high-rise construction.

If you are interested in presenting a paper, please send a synopsis of your proposed contribution of approximately 200-300 words for the papers committee's consideration by 30th June 1998.

Selected contributors will be notified by October 1998 that their synopsis is accepted for inclusion in the Conference Proceedings. The final date for receipt of completed full text of accepted papers is January 1999.

There will be key note addresses and invited presentations on topical themes from internationally well known experts.

It is proposed to arrange the conference under five main subject headings.

The final decision on the division of the subject matter into specific conference sessions will be made by the Organising Committee in consultation with the Scientific Committee, bearing in mind that many papers will inevitably highlight the interdependence of these subjects.

Conference Arrangements
The conference will be held at the PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, in a high standard fully equipped conference hall in the College Campus.

An exhibition of expertise, light plant, machinery and equipment will run concurrently with the conference in the adjoining Suite in which delegates will take their coffee, tea and lunch breaks.

An exciting and unusual programme will be arranged for persons accompanying delegates and full details of this will appear in the final programme, which will contain registration forms for delegates and accompanying persons together with application forms for hotel accommodation at special rates. The final programme will be distributed in April 1999.

There will be a Welcome Reception for all delegates and registered accompanying persons on the evening of 19th October 1999.There will be ample opportunities for delegates to enjoy Coimbatore's entertainment attractions as well as to visit some of the many historic places in the city and its environs. The Conference Organisers will do all in their power to make the event an enjoyable as well as a technically rewarding experience.

Organising Committee

Chief Parton   Mr. G.R. Karthikeyan
               Managing Trustee
               PSG Institutions
Patron         Mr. C.R. Swaminathan
               Chief Executive
               PSG Institutions
Chairman       Prof. Dr. P. Radhakrishnan
               PSG College of Technology
               Coimbatore 641 004, Tamilnadu, India
Co-Chairman    Prof. Dr. Jack Carney
               Worcester Polytechnic Institute
               Worcester, Ma, 01609-2280, USA
Secretaries    Dr. S. Rajasekaran
               Professor and Head, Department of Civil Engg
               PSG College of Technology
               Coimbatore 641 004, Tamilnadu, India

               Dr. P. Jayachandran
               Professor of Civil & Environmental Engg
               Worcester Polytechnic Institute
               Worcester, Ma, 01609-2280, USA

Scientific Committee

Prof.Dr.Ing.H.R.Viswanath(IFHS)  (India)    Chairman
Prof. T.V.S.R. Apparao (India)
Dr. D.Brown (USA)
Prof. W.F. Chen (USA)
Prof. J.J.Connor (USA)
Prof. A.G.Devanport (Canada)
Prof. Ding Dajun (China)
Prof.R.W.Fitzgerald (USA)
Prof. F.Fujii(Japan)
Prof. Z. Guofan (China)
Dr. Hal. Iyengar (USA)
Dr. V. Kalyanaraman (India)
Prof. L.D. Kataria (India)
Mr. Ron Klemencic (CTBUH) (USA)
Dr.C. Leung(HongKong)
Dr. Mary Lou Maher (Australia)
Prof. F. Mola (Itlay)
Prof. D.W. Murray (Canada)
Dipl Ing H. Mueller (Switzerland)
Prof.H.Nooshin (U.K.)
Prof. T. Paulay (Newzealand)
Prof. J.Premkrishna (India)
Prof. G.S. Ramaswamy (India)
Prof. E. Ramm (Germany)
Mr. S.A. Reddy (India)
Prof. A. Santhakumar (India)
Prof. W.Saul (USA)
Prof. N.E. Shanmugam (Singapore)
Dr. D.Sriram (USA)
Mr. M. Sundaram (India)
Prof. H.R. Suryaprakash (India)
Mr. E.S.Y. Tan (Singapore)
Prof. B.H.V. Topping (U.K.)

International Advisory Committee

Dr. Lynn S. Beedle (CTBUH)
Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Prof.Dr.Ing.F.Leonhardt (Germany)
Prof.Dr.Ing. W.Zerna(Germany)
Prof.Dr.J.P. Colaco (USA)

Interested in Attending or Submitting a Paper?

Please write to:
Dr.S.Rajasekaran, Organising Secretary
IFHS 1999 Secretariat, PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore 641 004 Tamilnadu, India.
Tel : 0422 - 574754, 572177,578454,578455
Fax : 091 - 422 - 573833
E-mail : psg/

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